Conservatives fighting the swamp in Washington are getting reinforcements from southwest Austin.

Chip Roy, former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, won his election Tuesday night for the U.S. House. Roy beat Democrat Joseph Kopser for the 21st Congressional District seat, a district that extends nearly 6,000 square miles from parts of south Austin down to San Antonio and west into the hill country. The seat was open for the first time since the ‘80s, after Rep. Lamar Smith retired last year.

Roy is known for his strong record of fighting for liberty. He was not only a top aide for Cruz, but also served as First Assistant Attorney General under Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as Vice President of Strategy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Roy was endorsed by a slew of liberty-minded organizations and individuals including Senator Cruz, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Right to Life, FreedomWorks, and talk radio host Mark Levin.

Cruz praised Roy for his dedication to conservative principles. “Chip is a fearless and committed champion for the values that keep Texas strong, free, and safe,” said Cruz.

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.

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